Shoppers at Tesco in Eastbourne helped raise more than £1,000 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance in a raffle to win a car as the charity awaits the arrival of a new helicopter.
Staff and volunteers for the life-saving charity sold tickets for the draw at the Lottbridge Drove store last week (13-14 October).
A mother whose son was airlifted after a quadbike accident was among the supporters who helped raise a grand total of £1,240.85 in ticket sales and donations for the Win a Mini Draw.
The child, now 10, was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and had to undergo five operations for injuries including a broken arm, but has now made a full recovery and was recently voted his cricket team’s Batsman of the Year.
Head of Lotteries & Gaming at the charity, James Cook, said, “We are really grateful to Tesco in Eastbourne for giving us a platform to raise awareness of the charity, and to the public for their fantastic support.”
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has taken delivery of a new aircraft, an AW169, which is expected to be operational soon. Flying faster, further and for longer, it will enable the pilot, doctor and paramedic to reach, treat and deliver patients to hospital even faster. The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, which will allow for the delivery of more life-saving interventions.
Tickets for the Win a Mini Draw cost £5 each and can be purchased online with the draw taking place on 31 March 2017.